Of Ringbearers, Wardrobes & The Maker of Middle-earth

Hail Friends!

Today has been quite exciting regarding Tolkien related events being discussed on social media.  We are currently finalizing plans for our March 2018 Tolkien Reading Day event with guest speaker Nicholas Birns, who will be presenting A Great Burden Without Guidance: The Six Mortal Ringbearers.

The One Ring was made by and meant for Sauron, the malevolent Maia gone rogue.  But Sauron’s great defeat at the end of the Second Age, and the ‘accidents’ of history, cause it to be borne by six very different individuals, of very diverse origins, social status, and moral character: the Númenórean king Isildur, the river-halflings Déagol and Sméagol/Gollum, and the Hobbits Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins, and Sam Gamgee. On March 25, the ‘anniversary’ of the final relinquishing of the Ring’s great burden, we will compare and discuss the lives and personalities of these six ringbearers as a way to come to grips with Tolkien’s fascination with special items or tokens (Palantiri and Silmarilli as well as the Rings of Power) and how they illuminate his understanding of creativity and possessiveness.

Stay Tuned for further news and please see our Events page for further details

In May we are very excited that the play Lewis and Tolkien: Of Wardrobes and Rings will be at the Sheen Center, New York City
May 22nd-June 14th 2018

Wardrobes & Rings is a play set in Oxford’s Eagle & Child pub. Aging and legendary authors, J.R.R. Tolkien and his great friend C.S. Lewis, meet for what turns out to be the very last time.

The New York premiere of a new play by David Payne

J.R.R Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were lions of 20th century British fantasy, giants of a literary genre that reached millions of readers, young and old alike, with mystifying adventures to entertain and deep truths to move people’s hearts.C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia) and J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings) were also distinguished faculty members at Oxford University and participants in a literary group known as The Inklings. Their robust philosophical discourse served an uncommon friendship that was not without its differences. Life’s circumstances and sometimes unresolved disagreements forced an uncomfortable season of estrangement. In Wardrobes and Rings we join “Jack” and “Tollers,” as they knew each other, at Oxford’s historic Eagle and Child pub for one last visit, tempered by thawing humor, confession and reconciliation. Remarkable lives. Memorable theatre.

During the performance run Of Wardrobes and Rings we will be putting together a very special Moot STAY TUNED

In addition, there will be a FALL 2018 NY TOLKIEN CONFERENCE Event, which shall be announced over the summer.

We are very excited that the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibit is coming to New York City. We are planning a Moot during the exhibition dates, as news develops we shall keep everyone posted on our plans.

The Shores of Faery, MS. Tolkien Drawings 87, fol. 22r
© The Tolkien Trust 1995

January – May 2019
Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth
The Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York, NY

This exhibition is premiering at opening at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries
1 June-28 October 2018
Read More of the Bodleian Exhibition

However, there are items being shown at the Bodlleian that will not travel to the NYC exhibit.  The Morgan Library exhibit will be slightly smaller and The Tolkien Collector’s Guide has further details of the NY Exhibit. READ MORE

These events have us very excited and look forward to seeing you all at each of them! 

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